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LA PAZ – LAS ARENAS/ MUERTOS BAY/ SUENOS BAY FISHING REPORT FROM TAILHUNTER SPORTFISHING FOR WEEK OF AUG 4-11, 2019

THE WORLD IS FLAT – YELLOWTAIL IN AUGUST

with TUNA and DORADO?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 4-11, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO FISHING REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Retired firefighter Craig Braswell strains to hold up a hefty roosterfish estimated at 60 pounds that hit Craig’s little sardine right close to the rocks as they were fishing for shallow water pargo and cabrilla.  The fish battled and pulled the panga around on light tackle for almost an hour which is why Craig says, “I could barely lift the fish!”  The fish was released.  Craig is from Chico C and our buddy is a long-time Tailhunter friend!

Denni Chin from Salt Lake City UT has a laugh with Captain Victor from the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz on the beach at Bahia Muertos.  It was Denni’s first La Paz trip and he took a number of fish off his bucket list including a striped marlin; several big roosterfish (released) as well as dorado and this yellowtail and tuna!

A crazy mix of fish for Trevor Akiyoshi and Ryan Vorisek hold up some of their catch that included a strange mix of fish for August.  The catch included  dorado (summer fish) , pompano (spring fish) and pargo liso (mullet snapper…a winter fish).  Dad Mike Akiyoshi with the photobomb.  They are from Upland CA.  They were fishing with the Tailhunter Fleet in La Paz.

Amazing fish! Our biggest dorado of the season. It’s huge. Adam Jones is about 6′ tall and the head of the fish is turned away from the camera. He and cousin, Steve Braithwaite (photo below) tag-teamed the big fish over 40 minutes!

Another shot of the big bull dorado. Steve Braithwaite posing for this shot! Both guys are pretty tall and the photo doesn’t do justice to the size and girth of the fish.

Our long-time amigo, Kip Slaugh, hoisted this big roosterfish on a bit of a choppy day outside of Bahia de los Muertos. The fish was released.

Yup!!! Yellowtail in August? Check the photo! Phil and dad, Larry Braithwaite from Salt Lake City UT with captain Pancho on the beach at Bahia Muertos. Dorado are warm water fish. Yellowtail are cold water fish!

Colorado in the house! Louie Sanchez rocked this big roosterfish while fishing near Las Arenas on live bait and released it. It’s his personal best!

Just an incredible shot of a dorado jumping at sunrise! Captured by pro photographer amiga, Lynn Crooks from Reno NV who was fishing with her husband, Bernie.

Hard not to love our buddy, Denny Gallegos, who mugs for this shot. He’s always doing stuff like this over the years! With his buddy, Grant Parr, holding a big pargo perro.

The gent behind the mask with Captain Monch and the trophy roosterfish is Bernie Crooks who got several nice roosterfish and released them all. Our amigo, Bernie, is from Reno, Nevada.

All of a sudden, these big dog-tooth also started chewing this week! With Cerralvo Island in the background, Kip Slaugh, lifts the thick fish on the gaff for the money shot! Great eating!

Just a wonderful shot by this young lady! Oh the joy! Chloe Crum from San Antonio, Texas makes the shot with this dorado and captain Alfredo helping from off-camera!

Love the kid shots! We’ve known Sierra Sanchez since she was smaller than this dorado and it’s fun watching her grow up every year and enjoy the fishing with her family and Captain Rogelio. Dorado…right off the rocks in shallow water!

Victor Gil Delmonte comes to visit us every year and told me this fish “really hurt me!” You can see it on his face and Captain Archangel had to give Vic a hand! He gamely battled the fish then released the pretty fish too!

Yes, you CAN have too much fun! Pete Natividad from Los Angeles with Captain Alfredo, was on his first trip to see us and had only one day to fish, but caught about 6 different species including this amberjack.

Dr. Marc Crum came to visit us for the first time from Texas and was able to put this nice roosterfish aboard for the photoshot before letting it go to fight another day.

 

Talk about variety! Lynn Crooks has about 6 different species on the transom after a good day on the water fishing north of La Paz.

Just incredible colors in this photo to go along with Gaby Donnell’s pretty smile. Gaby is from Oregon and took the colorful bull dorado just outside of Las Arenas.

Our buddy, Roger “Fluffy” McCracken battled this feisty jack crevalle south of Espirito Santo Island. These are tough fighters!

Doing it like a boss! Gavin Carroll has himself a dorado in the boat with Captain Armando!

Dorado started biting better late in the week. Adam Jones and Steve Braithwaite.

Not normally something we recommend or target, but we DO occasionally hook sharks. It usually never lasts long before the shark busts the line nor do we recommend putting any shark in the boat. But, Jeff Slater is one of our long-time anglers and very very experienced and fought this hammerhead estimated at 300 pounds. Actually very good eating and he donated much of the meat as well.

 

This is frameable! Hard to get a better photo or smile than Cortez Sanchez with his bull dorado on the beach at Muertos.

Good way to greet a sunrise! Captain Rogelio and our first-timer Nick Arandia started the morning with a fine catch-and-release roosterfish near La Paz.

One of our all-time favorite families (Team Penguino). Louie, Sierra and Cortez Sanchez with some of their La Paz catch. Clouds building in the background. They were able to get two nice days of fishing in with us this year!

Not sure what’s more colorful. Louie Mogabgab’s sunglasses or the dorado! Both are admittedly almost a match! Captain Victor adds to the photo too!

When it’s your first time fishing and your first fish, it’s a great moment. Imelda Natividad got herself a fat triggerfish for ceviche with Captain Alfredo.

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There is no doubt that this has been an incredibly crazy year for weather as well as fishing! It seemed that winter took forever to leave and summer to take hold and given the types of fish we’re catching, summer is still reluctant even though we’re now half into August.

 

The week started somewhat sluggish and got better as the week progressed.  Lots of cloudy days (similar to San Diego grey skies of summer) kept things cooler which was appreciated by many of the anglers.  We even had about a 30 minute downpour one afternoon like a mini tropical hurricane that caused a lot of flooding and winds then quickly blew out.

Here it comes! Good thing everyone is off the water already.

 

Early in the week, we had the usual smattering of dorado mostly in the 10-20 pound class.  But we continued to show up with unusual cold-water fish like pargo liso (mullet snapper), giant dog-tooth snapper, cabrilla, pompano, amberjack, jack crevalle and even sierra.

Yup! Amberjack in August. Louie Mogabgab.

Wish we could see his photo, but Captain Moncho give Bernie Crooks (I think that’s Bernie in there!) a hand with his jack crevalle which was released right there off the beach.

 

But, then the kicker showed up late in the week.  Not only did 20-100 pound tuna show up (most fish lost after long battles on light tackle) but we started getting YELLOWTAIL!

 

None of us can ever remember yellowtail so late in the season.  In my 25 years here we have never seen yellowtail in August. Mostly by May, these cold-water fish are long gone!

Never ever ever ever seen yellowtail caught in August. It’s like getting a snowstorm in the summer. It just doesn’t happen!

I’ve given up telling folks what they’re gonna catch these days! Oh, and the fish got bigger as the week went on.

That’s my story…

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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Las Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of July 8-14, 2019

IT’S DIFFERENT EVERY DAY

LaPaz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 7-14, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY…

Our amigo, Ken Chaplin from Washington, has fished and hunted all over the world and always does well with us at Tailhunter. His first day on the water with us he got into some big roosters including tangling with this beast just outside of Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

 

While fishing close to the rocky shallows of Espirito Santo Island for rockfish like cabrilla and pargo and snapper, Mike Garcia said he let his “sardine swim the wrong way away from the rocks and wasn’t paying attention” when his line took off and he found himself hooked on this big-headed bull dorado. The fish was brought to gaff after a long fight. Mike is from Houston TX and was fishing with Captain Rogelio with our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet .

A couple of nice great-eating rock fish including a pargo liso and yellow snapper for our amigo, Steve Kechichian, currently living in Seattle.

Mike Garcia from Houston was fishing with his dad, Eddie who lives in Boston and on their first trip to La Paz fishing with Tailhunter Sportfishing. They were in shallow water close to shore fishing for dorado and roosters, when this big striped marlin hit his sardine on light 30-pound test line. Mike battled the fish for over 2 hours and finally got it on board for a quick photos and released the fish swimming away strong .  Love the facial expression!  Yea, Mike!

 

That’s a pig of a roosterfish! Captain Victor gives Jean Edwards a hand with this giant roosterfish so she can get the photo and get it released. Early in the week, they were all big roosters and have been for several weeks.

Another cold-water fish, but no one is complaining are these giant pompano that have shown up in the shallows. Scott Miller got this guy out’ve Bahia Muertos. Scott is from Washington and this was his first trip with Tailhunter.

He’s now 14-years-old and we’ve known Grayson Richmond from Colorado since he was a youngster and he’s always been quite a fisherman. With Captain Moncho, he got into this nice jack crevalle.

It’s a pretty smile for a pretty dorado. Great colors! Captain Archangel and Ron Kellogg help out wife, Leona with the photo. More dorado showing weekly.

That’s alot of bull! (dorado). Nicole Balbas holds up the lighter end of her bull dorado with a smiling Captain Gerardo.

I love this photo of Kathy Wong as her pargo looks like it’s trying to biter her in the ear as Captain Armando holds onto the gaff.

Matt Brown from Cupertino CA came to La Paz fishing for a 2nd time and got his first roosterfish. He ended up hooking and releasing 3 nice roosterfish like this one just off the beach at Punta Arenas.

Eddie Garcia came all the way out from Boston to fish with us for the first time and I’m only sorry he’s a little blocked by the tail of his dorado held up by Captain Jorge . Eddies is holding onto the pargo liso. Good to have Eddie with us this week. Really enjoyed his visit.

Nice cabrilla for Ed Mitoma with Captain Alfredo looking on. Big cabrilla like this trophy have been a great bite lately.

Double pair of barred pargo for Mike Fisher and Chuck Williams from Washington on their first visit to La Paz with us.

First day…first big dorado in hand and in the photo for Jim Looney.

Nothing like your first rooster and the roosters have been feisty lately. Scott Miller gives a grin before releasing the fish.

Love this guy! Bill Richmond has visited us many times of the years and is always a welcome friend . He worked hard this week when the fishing was scratchy but ended up with alot of species to take home including this tasty pompano. Punta Arenas in the background.

What a mix of fish. Exactly what I’ve been referring to. We’ve got warm and cold water fish all mixing it up these days like the dorado, cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and pargo on the cleaning table at Bahia Muertos.

Hidden by the dorsal fin of this big rooster is Captain Arcangel helping Mike Fisher photo his fish before letting it go.

Big roosters can hurt strong men! The bend on the rod and braced agains the gunwale and deckchair, Ken Chaplin battles a big roosterfish.

On the flyrod! G-man (Grayson Richmond) released this tough jack crevalle .

Again…such a variety of fish on the table. Nicole and Ed Balbas with Captain Gerardo hold onto a yellowtail plus yellow snapper and pompano on the beach at Muertos.

 

Once again, the fishing remains unseasonably crazy.  It’s mid-July, but the fishing still hasn’t quite caught up with the calendar.  It’s still more like April-May fishing…than summertime fishing.

 

Normally, we should be thick into the bluewater species that inhabit the warm waters and warmer seasons.  Our fishing reports should be full of dorado, tuna, wahoo, billfish and the like.  We should be talking about hot sunny weather and flat balmy Baja seas.

 

But, it’s not like that and Mother Nature is only grudgingly moving to where it should be.  She’s not going easy.  For instance, we still have erratic un-predictable winds that pop up from nowhere and tear up the sea.  A few miles away, it’s flat. We have blistering sunny weather one day that feel like a tropical sauna.  By afternoon, it’s raining.  Or we have days when it’s overcast and heavily clouded.

 

One day waters are blue.  Next day, or even later in the day, the waters turn green, cold and turbid with strong currents.  Or, one day dorado bite and the next day, we see all kinds of dorado, but they could not care less about biting a bait or jig!

 

Sure,  we’re seeing more dorado and bigger dorado. And that is a good sign. And a few billfish mixed in. Plus assorted large and small roosterfish, bonito, and jack crevalle.   But, we are still catching crazy cold-water fish like spawning pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and even fish like sierra and yellowtail, the latter two being definite cold-water species.

 

That just tells me that there’s warm surface water, but below that, there’s a strong layer of colder water holding these other species.

 

Everyone is catching fish.  It’s just that the bite is unpredictable and varied.

That’s my story!

Jonathan


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 30-July 7, 2019

ROOSTERS AND DORADO RUN THE SHOW!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of

July 1-7 ,2019


WEEK at a GLANCE

Water – Calming down and getting bluer and warmer.  Surface temp about 80 degrees.  Colder thermocline 30-60 feet down drops another 5-15 degrees.  Still choppy some days especially in the mornings.

Weather – Consistently highs in the mid-90’s and nighttime cools to mid-70’s. Feels warmer some days, but then the afternoon breeze cools things down.  Very tropical

Wind – Mostly better than other weeks.  Calming down hopefully.  Did have one day at Las Arenas/ Muertos where a baby storm went through and made it tough to go out for about an hour or so, but then it blew out and the folks got out on the water.  We just waited it out.

Fishing – Lots of variety, but more of the warm water-water fish like dorado becoming more prominent.  No wahoo, but fish caught this week included lots of big roosterfish (Las Arenas); dorado (La Paz); pargo, cabrilla, jack crevalle, skipjack, bonito, amberjack, pompano, yellowtail, palometa, snapper, baja grouper, marlin, sailfish.

Fish Scale of 1-10:  A solid 6


MEXICAN MINUTE WEEKLY VIDEO REPORT


THE BIG PICTURE AND THE REST of the STORY…

Captain Gerardo gives Erik Foraker from Washington a hand with a big roosterfish caught and released off Punta Arenas. The fish was released and 3 were caught that day off the panga.

Mike and Jacquiline Aguilar caught 3 big roosterfish including this beast on a single day. All fish were released.

 

Miles and Sydney Wagner with big-time bull dorado there at Bahia Muertos staying at their dad, Gary’s place at Rancho Costa.

One of my favorite photos of the week. Captain Jorge gives a thumbs-up to Will’s big roosterfish. Will is from Denver and released the fish.

That’s alot of fish for an 11-year-old, but Levi Moore from Encinitas CA did the job on this big roosterfish then took the photo and let it go to swim strong!

Our buddy who never stops smiling! Rick Kasper has a handful if dorado for the camera then the grill. Rick is a hunting guide and TV personality in Wyoming and Arizona.

Just off the beach, Anabel, holds up a pretty roosterfish for the camera before letting it go.

And another roosterfish for Erik and captain Gerardo doing the great photo-bomb for the camera!

Deno and Mark Buchanan with the big tuna of the week hooked off Cerralvo Island.

Beautiful and rarely caught Baja Grouper or Golden Grouper taken by Vern Marschall who spent the week with us and fished two days . He caught this one off Espirito Santo Island.

The roosterfish is almost bigger than Jacqueline!

Colorful shot and another rooster on deck for Eric Ryan who released the fish.

Headed back to the hotel grill with two legit dorado, Jason Wagner took these fish working that area just outside of Bahia Muertos.

Big smile for Nick Gatelein with his first roosterfish at dawn off Las Arenas. Good way to start your day!

Incredible colors on this big dorado caught by Anabel not far off the rocks at Punta Perrico.

The tired satisfaction of besting a big fish is evident on our buddy, Ed Mitoma, who finally got his big roosterfish then realeased it . He also had another one on the line that got away. Punta Arenas in the background.

Another one for the camera! Levi Moore was on a roll with another roosterfish caught-and-released.

 

All the way from Kansas, Lilly Korbach, has a pretty smile for a pretty jack crevalle. She was staying at Rancho Costa there in Bahia Muertos.

1..2..3…LIFT! It’s a handful for 14-year-old Seth Moore and his big rooster almost as long as he is tall! Despite it’s looks, the fish swam off strongly upon release.

 

From Paso Robles, CA and on his first venture with Tailhunter Sportfishing, Scott McGuire put quite a few dorado like this on the hook.

Kris Korbach poses another big one for the camera shot then quickly released the big roosterfish.

That is one giant needlefish! Andy Lauber from New Orleans took this beast.

Weather was a little more agreeable this past week although we had one bit of a bump.  We caught a lot of different species again as well including: snapper, pargo, jack crevalle,  pompano, marlin, sailfish, several types of bonito, yellowtail, tuna and others.  However, the hotshots this week all came down pretty much to two species:  Dorado and roosterfish.

Pompano still biting. Jacqueline Aguilar does the honors.

First day out…first day on the water…first marlin! Andrew Tawaroski from Florida with Captain Gerardo . Andrew released the pretty fish.

Jules caught this football tuna off Bahia Muertos.

DORADO

For the most part, this is the time of year when we should be swarming with dorado.  However, this year started pretty sluggishly with these warm-water species as waters have been taking their time getting warmer and no thanks to the pestering cool winds that have plagued us for months.

 

But, it seems like the fishing is finding it’s stride.

 

There are still patches of cold green water.  There are still erratic currents that push the bite and the baits off the mark.  But, this past week it was a lot more consistent although still not fully up-to-speed.  Nevertheless we saw more and larger dorado in the counts, especially for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet that fishes north from the city towards Espirito Santo Island and around Punta Coyote and Punta Mejia.

 

Those areas not only produced some great shallow-water fishing for the pargo, cabrilla, amberjack and snapper, but the shallows also produced dorado without having to go too far off or venturing to some of the other high spots or finding floating sargasso weed the dorado could also be found.

What a great shot and check the colors of Lauren and her dorado off Espirito Santo Island. Great smile too!

 

It wasn’t full turbo and not every panga caught fish every day, but over-all pretty consistent on the dorado.  It could be a day of picking off a fish here-and-there all day.  It could be a day where one panga found the dorado and the boat next to it couldn’t buy a bite.  It could be a day where it was slow for hours then all heck-breaks-loose in a frenzy of action…then it dies.  Just no way to tell.

That’s the right kind! Bull dorado headed for the fish box for Andy Lauber from New Orleans. Check out the flat ocean behind him! Like glass.

You could run into a school of firecracker-sized dinks or a group of larger bigger fish.  Or, it could be one big fish of the day.  But, the dorado are definitely around.

You don’t have to go far for bluewater sportfishing here! Eric Ryan caught this pretty dorado right off the rocky cliffs of Espirito Santo Island in shallow water.

ROOSTERFISH

The bigger story continues to be the roosterfish.

As one of our guys told me,

“I’ve never seen so many roosterfish in one spot.  We were hooked on two of them but others that looked like giants were boiling right next to the panga.  We could have caught all we wanted all day long if our arms held out!

Firs roosterfish for Taryn Mitoma! Punta Arenas beach in the background. Taryn did a great job in releasing the fish.

 

In all my years here, I have never seen this kind of rooster season. We are catching and releasing as many fish in one week as we might catch in several months of fishing.

One more rooster! Seth and Levi Moore!

Fish  are running 10-70 pounds and actually schooling in big groups and boiling on the surface in feeding frenzies!  Anglers coming down to just catch one fish for the bucket list end up hanging 2 or 3 in a single day and losing others.

“I fought two roosterfish for almost an hour each and that was it! It was still early and I wanted to back to the beach.  If we never caught another fish the rest of the week, those two fish made my trip. Seeing them swim away was awesome!” 

Will from Denver holds up another one for the camera.

He’ll grow up to be a monster! Nick Gatelein on deck at sunrise .

Pretty much all the fish are getting released and they’re really close to shore in shallow water.  Using mostly the large 12-inch ladyfish for bait, some of the battles are lasting well near an hour-or-more and exhausting anglers, especially first-timers having fun, but not used to the strain these big fish can put on arms, backs, legs and fingers!

“I finally got the roosterfish off my bucket list.  But, I paid the price.  A big blister on my finger and sore arms.  Never thought a fish could be so strong.  Great time!” 

Mike Aguilar has another!

Right on top of the rocks! Vern holds up his rooster.

 

Almost all of these fish are being caught by our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet and the fish are scattered from the Punta Arenas lighthouse down to Boca de Alamo then also around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Of note, at the beginning of the week we did have a “torito” (small bull) hit around our Las Arenas area.  While La Paz stayed flat calm,  when our boats at Muertos Bay were ready to go out, suddenly the torito hit which is essentially a small localized wind/rainstorm almost like a baby hurricane. They come out’ve nowhere with no warning.  It whips the winds and waves and no one could get off the beach.

 

But, they can blow over quickly.  We kept everyone in the vans and decided to wait it out rather tha come back to town.  Surely enough, about 90 minutes later the winds died and, although the waters remained choppy, our anglers finally got out on the water.  Fishing was less than stellar, but fortunately, the big roosterfish stuck around!

 

 

That’s my story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBLvdHL_p4-OAu3HfiVzW0g


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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 16-23, 2019

ROOSTERFISH RAGE & HEADLINE

UNPREDICTABLE WEEK!

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for

Week of June 16-23, 2019

 

MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST of the STORY. . .

My hero of the week! Enzo Moreno is only 11-years-old from the San Antonio area of Texas. He hooked this marlin with Captain Armando. He fought the fish for 2 hours on 30 pound test line! He refused help and battled it all by himself. He got the fish to the boat…took the photo…and released it! AWESOME!

The tuna popped up again after being somewhat absent the last few weeks. Bob Lederer from Massachusetts with Captain Jorge and a nice rack of footballs and some larger models!

San Diego birthday girl, Michele Conklin, was just off Punta Perico and dozing off when this big boy rooster hit her bait. Her largest rooster and she was able to release it!

 

That’s alot of cabrilla meat. This big seabass was taken by Dave Gee from San Francisco.

 

A legit La Paz dorado! Gary Lunger poses with a pretty mahi caught north of La Paz.

Captain Pancho strikes a pose with Justin Larson! The young man from San Diego caught and released 4 big roosters the same day!

A pretty good day and a pretty photo of the Steele Family…Ashley, Dan and Zach and some nice yellowtail headed for the cutting board.

Crazy to be catching yellowtail in June! These are cold water fish and normally, we don’t see them after about April. However, Dave Gee holds up another one with La Paz Malecon in the distance.

Happy Fella! Captain Jorge with our amigo, Dave Conklin and a hefty rooster taken not far off the Las Arenas sand. The fish was released.

Pretty photo with great colors! That’s a big yellowtail and Jackie Laes from Oregon enjoying some sunshine and some fun fishing.

Captain Raul gives 8-year-old Alice Wiebe from Bradley CA with her yellowtail.

Another fish we don’t see very much this late in the year, but a feisty ferocious fighter is the pargo liso (mullet snapper). Dana Jacklin wrestled this pretty fish out’ve the rocks.

First roosterfish for Ramy Shatara who gets a hand from Captain Arcangel. Ramy released the fish and caught it on light tackle.

Bob Lederer gets the tail-end of this striper he hooked just outside of Bahia Muertos while fishing with Captain Armando!

Big cabrilla like this lurk in rocky structure and reefs making them a difficult fighter, but Jeff Morgan got this tasty seabass into the boat.

Best week of roosters that I ca remember. Here’s another one for the photos gallery taken by Adam Larson. Adam released the fish which swam off strongly.

The man behind the mask is Dan Steele who gets a hand from wife, ashley on a thick pretty rooster he hooked not far off the shallow rocks at Punta Perrico then released it after the photo. Check those colors!

There’s alot of good-eating on this table. I see cabrilla, triggerfish, snapper and pargo including the one being held by Mark Jacklin.

Craig Hoffman from Phoenix AZ and brother Bryan, all the way from London got into the tuna bite with a table-load of yellowfin tuna.

These are tough fighters on hook and line…among the hardest to pull in for alot of our anglers. Ramy Shatara at the La Paz municipal pier off-loading some of his bonito

Family day! Desmond and Julia Sjauwfoekloy from Los Angeles with Julia’s cabrilla.

Keith Paulson gets a grip on double bull-dorado that he caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

With his first roosterfish, Bill Eggleston makes the photo gallery. The fish was released and he was fishing south of Bahia Muertos.

Lots of hard-fighting jack crevalle kept rods bent and reels screaming! Michele Conklin with big smiles and Captain Jorge.

Kyle Eggleston has to be one of the funniest first-timers we have had down here so far! First day out he got in on the rooster bite!

 

Captain Arcangel with Jonathan Hicks from San Francisco and yes, the big pompano are still biting.

Another rooster on the books for young Justin Larson, caught and released. He had a spectacular day.

Dan Steele, again behind the mask, with another yellowtail!

Strange fish of the week! Related to roosterfish, amberjack, pompano and jack crevalle, this is the first time we’ve had a Hawaiian trevally show up! Just goes to show you what a crazy season we are having! Tom Dietz does the honor.

Hefty amberjack (pez fuerte) for Miles Wagner and Kris Kobach coming in late with dinner at Rancho Costa.

It was like Jekyll & Hyde Week.  It was also a week of strange fishing on so many other levels.

 

The first part of the week, cold winds, choppy seas, off-color water and strong currents really had us all working hard to get fish.  After a pretty decent previous week, it was like “What next?”  On top of it there was a full moon.

 

For our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet…

 

Las Arenas fishing virtually shut off the first 3-4 days this week.  Some snapper and pargo and cabrilla.  Lots of bonito.  Jack crevalle kept rods bent. But not much else.

Our buddy, Doug Oclassen from Colorado right off the sand with a nice jack crevalle.

 

Thankfully, we had the roosterfish!

The rooster cruising the shallows! Pretty pretty pretty!

What a week for roosterfish…maybe the best I have seen in 25 years.  We had fish running 10-70 pounds.  Some pangas caught, 2,3…4 fish each day and lost several others!  Fish were literally schooling up like we have never seen them.

Dennis Adair’s rooster was so big the photographer (Glenn Oclassen) couldn’t back up any further to get the whole fish. Captain Ramiro on deck!

Justin and Adam Larson with another gallo.

 

Many anglers took their first or largest roosters ever!  I can’t tell you how often folks came back from fishing with big smiles but asking me for a band-aid for the blisters on a thumb or inside index fingers from reel with folks fighting a single fish from 15-45 minutes.  Then doing it all over again! It was crazy!

 

Also remarkable were the mullet snapper (pargo liso) on the backside of Cerralvo Island.  Normally, these big scrappy pargo school-up in huge undulating crashing pods in March and April!

 

But all of a sudden, here they were!  Fish up to 20-30 pounds were busting guys off as they watched this schools crashing the surface.  So many fish were lost and frustrating so quite a few anglers as these powerful fish took them into the rocks!

These pargo lisos can be beasts. Captain Ramiro at Muertos.

 

About Wednesday, it seemed like things changed.  By Thursday, it was like someone threw a lightswitch.

 

The winds died down.  The temperatures kicked into the low 100’s.  Humidity rose.  The sun blazed and the waters turned bluer.

He’s bent! Ramy shows good form on a fresh one on flat waters!

 

And the fish suddenly got into the game!

 

Tuna started crashing with yellowfin as small as footballs, but as large as 40-pounds. Most fish caught on the banks near Cerralvo Island. We have not seen many tuna in about 4-6 weeks.

Fun brother and sister Nina and Enzo Moreno from Texas with a double pair of yellowfin tuna!

A pretty “football” yellowfin tuna with Chad Oclassen

Marlin also got active with a number of fish caught and released. All the fish ranged from about 100-130 pounds.

Oh yea…marlin on the line!

 

For our Tailhunter La Paz Fleet…

 

Fishing was much better than Las Arenas if you just wanted to fill the ice chest and wanted some good rod-bending action.

The areas around Espirito Santo Island and Punta Coyote and Punta Mejia were productive for a number of species.

Stephon and Jason Munroe with some La Paz action in the panga

Zach Steele and a tasty Mexican cabrilla

Desmond and Joshua with his snapper and a big smile. Cool sunglasses!

 

No shortage of both tasty white bonito and hard pulling skipjack (barriletes).  Plus inshore, lots of snapper, pargo, cabrilla, trigger fish and amberjack.  You could have fun all day with that.

It’s mine and I caught it! Zach has his bonito in the boat

David Goodman has another tough bonito.

 

Plus add in the dorado that are roaming around and getting better every week with fish running 10-25 pounds to put in the ice chest and you can have a full day of fishing.

Pam and Bill Eggleston with a few of their dorado.

 

However, just like the unusual pargo liso near Cerralvo Island that popped up in big schools (a cold water fish), we had yellowtail show up!  In my 25 years down here, I’ve never seen yellowtail in June.  Normally, by April, we’re all done with any yellowtail in these waters.  Just like the pargo liso, they are cold water fish!

Dave Gee rocking the yellowtail!

Yellowtail headed for the freezer for Ramy

So, here we are almost at the end of June and at the technical beginning of summer and our boats are coming back with 2, 3 or 4 yellowtail and losing more in the rocks.  Fish going 10-20 pounds…totally legit.

 

Weird thing is that often they’re in the same spots as the dorado which are warm water fish!  That leads me to believe that there’s warm water on the surface then a chilly thermocline down deeper that brought the yellowtail up from colder deeper waters to feed on the abundant bait.  At least, that’s what I’m speculating.  But no complaints!  These are fun good-eating fish!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


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Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of June 2-9, 2019

CRAZY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER and

FISHING

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of June 2-9, 2019

 

The MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN WEEK AT A GLANCE

Weather– All over the place.  From Sunny to even some rain.  Mostly sunny.  Winds erratic and unpredictably.  Unseasonable.  Should be much calmer this time of year.

Water– Winds have made waters cooler than normal.  At times very very choppy and rough.  Water are also cloudier than normal because of the turbulence.

Fishing – Action is good but not what we are used to catching this time of year.  Have to work really hard for quality.  Great inshore action saves the day.  Blue water fish are tougher to get.  But, there’s alot of fish out there, but often, they just didn’t want to bite.

Species Caught This Week:  Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Barred Pargo, Dog-Tooth Snapper (pargo), Pompano, Amberjack, 2 kinds of Bonito, Skipjack, Triggerfish, Roosterfish, Rainbow Runners, Sierra, Yellowtail, Jack Crevalle, Polometa, Cabrilla

THE BIG PICTURE and the REST OF THE STORY…

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That’s the right kind! Big rooster for Utah amigo, Dave Waite, who went home and booked another trip to come back this September! This big fish was released.

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Wow! That’s a huge huge cabrilla! John Ehlers hooked this one on he yo yo iron in shallow water and it’s one of the largest we’ve seen in awhile! Dolores, his sweet wife is on his shoulder! They’re from Colorado and have visited us for years. Great amigos! Thanks for the cool mugs! I’m drinking coffee with it right now as I type!

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Doubles! Taylor Murphy and uncle Roger Thompson got a double hookup on wahoo outside of Bahia Muertos with Captain Hugo.

Our popular Capitan Jorge and a handful of tasty amberjack with Noe Fierros from Northern California on a return visit to us.

These two have a knack for big roosterfish everytime they visit us. Bennett Clegg and wife, Alicia (giving the thumbs up!) pose with another big boy they released off Las Arenas.

 

Big dorado of the week to Colton Matson who only had one day to fish, but boated these two big bulls.

George Talbott snuck down for two quick days of fishing and shows off the incredible variety of fish including: amberjack, triggerfish, snapper, pargo and cabrilla.

Whoa! Captain Boli helps Paul Siefert try to hold this 60-pound class tuna in a rolling seas north of La Paz. The fish was hooked in shallow water near Cerralvo Island, but over the next hour pulled the panga out to deeper water! Paul is from Utah.

Captain Jorge holds up a couple of amberjack for John Wagner

Scott Fitchett from Idaho with a nice amber.

Brothers John and Joe Vigneault have a nice pair of dorado.

 

Pompano everywhere! Great eating too! John Wagner, Captain Jorge and Noe Fierros in the lineup!

Graduation trip for Cahill Parker who catches and releases two roosters on his first try! Dad, Chris has the big smile too!

Just not enough hands! Huge pompano caught by Utah amigos, Doug and Penny Nuffer and the big dog-tooth snapper caught by Penny and battled to get out of the rocks and refused to give up the rod to Doug! Nicely done. Captain Gerardo helps out with the hefty fish.

Check the variety! Triggerfish, pompano, and snapper for Bryan Sanford all the way from Nebraska.

Hank Fitchett was visiting us from Boise, Idaho and right-off-the-bat on his first day hooks the dandy roosterfish off Punta Perrico. The fish was released.

A rare fish. A big fish. It’s the biggest rainbow runner I have ever seen! It’s in the same family as the yellowtail and first-timer Parker Cahill caught it outside of Bahia Muertos.

Good start of pompano and trigger fish for Mandy and Cameron!

It’s June and we are still getting yellowtail normally a cold-water fish. The waters arer really mixed up right now! But props to our amiga, Dolores Ehlers who poses with Captain Pancho.

Reason to smile! Big rooster with Paul Siefert and Captain Gerardo. Caught and released near Las Arenas.

This is the time for pompano, but I have never seen pompano as big as the ones we are getting this season and Donna Thompson’s pompano is a horse! Just outside Muertos Bay.

This gal can fish! Taylor Murphy from Lakewood CA and another wahoo in the boat.

Captain Armando fished with Bob McAndrew and Fred Gray new first time Tailhunter tribe members! Jack crevalle, dorado and amberjack on the table!

Love this photo! Jeanne Cabales and the sheer joy! Amberjack on the gaff. Jeanne is from San Diego.

Donnie Rea probably had the best dorado day we’ve had so far this season boating limiting on dorado north of La Paz near Punta Mejia.

Our long-time Phoenix friends Craig and Kathy Sanford with their favorite Captain Armando and pompano, pargo and white bonito.

 

Smiling Captain Pancho helps Dolores pose with a polometa!

 

First day and big rooster taken off the bucket list for Paul Gassmann from San Diego on his first visit. The fish was released.

Brandy Fitchett from Idaho and a dorado caught right off the rocks with Captain Rogelio.

I have come to the conclusion that given the present conditions of the way fishing has been the last two months, it’s NOT June or summertime fishing.  What we have is really early spring-time fishing.  This is more like April fishing than June fishing!

 

The reality of things is that, air temps are cooler.  Water temps are cooler than normal as well. The winds are taking their time in getting the heck out’ve town and keep being pesky while turning up waves and clouding up the water.  It’s definitely NOT June fishing!

Turn up the sound and check the video below:

But, don’t get me wrong.  There’s no lack of sunshine or action! (Although we did morning drizzle one day).

 

It’s really quite pleasant to be here and whereas we’d be in 95 degree weather with 70% humidity, it’s sunny and 85 degrees with a great breeze and only 50% humidity.  Us locals are loving it. It’s like living in a postcard!

 

On the water, everyone is catching a variety of fish.  But, like the weather,  it’s erratic.  Good, but erratic.  Everyone is getting bent but from day-to-day, it’s hard to know what’s biting.

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Parker Cahill with quite a variety for one day including palometa, rainbow runner, triggerfish and amberjack. Plus some roosterfish released as well!

One day there’s dorado and tuna.  The next day it’s big pompano or snapper.  100 yards away, a panga gets yellowtail and sierra…cold water fish.  One day there’s big roosters popping up and the next day, the same area is inhabited by voracious bonito and jack crevalle.  Wahoo come and go. Troll for hours and nothing.  Then one pangas runs over a school of them!

Marlin get us all excited, then won’t bite or simply tease the baits like doggies that just want to toss around an old rolled-up sock, then go back to being lazy.

Fish pop up in places they normally are not.  We hook a tuna or dorado only yards from the rocks in water that’s so shallow you can see the bottom.  But, then hook a big pargo in deep water while trolling for wahoo!

I think this past week, I counted more than a dozen different species of fish.  No one is NOT catching fish.  It’s just hard to tell anyone what they will catch.

TAILHUNTER COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Many thanks to our folks who brought down donations this week for our Tailhunter Community Outreach program that continues throughout the season.  We have several hundred pounds now and just about ready for the first distribution of the year.  Gracias to Frank Gray…The Toeniskoetter Family (Dru, Jack and Adam)…Jackie and Noe Fierros with John and Debbie Wagner.

That’s our story!

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Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of April 7-14, 2019

“HOLD EVERYTHING!” (WINTER’s NOT DONE)

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Apri. 7-14, 2019

THE MEXICAN MINUTE VIDEO REPORT

THE BIG PICTURE and REST OF THE STORY…

Now this is a yellowtail! Just off Espirito Santo Island, Desmond Sjaufoekloy took this hefty beast earlier in the week.

Cabrilla like this tasty trophy are on the chew right now in the rocky areas. Jeff Brown poses with a beauty.

Desmond took this fat cabrilla to dinner at our Tailhunter Restaurant.

Captain Joel with Rod Brown and a nice mix of yellowtail, barred pargo and snapper.

 

Just when we were getting all comfortable and figured winter was done with us, I had a feeling she still had a few gusts left in her.  Sure enough, like “Game or Thrones” winter came back to remind us we’re not quite out’ve range yet.

 

The week started out sort or OK.  But we could tell it was going to ramp up again.  Our folks got a nice mix of fish including yellowtail, some big fat cabrilla and other species plus a smattering of dorado.

 

But, with each day, the winds got stronger.  Towards the latter part of the week, it was not just gusting, it was ripping and even the La Paz Port Captain shut down all boat traffic.  No fishing…diving…swimming with whale sharks…no boats coming in and out.

 

And, I get it.  Can’t blame him.  It was blowing white caps even in the bay, even with the sun out.  Better to err on the side of safety.  Heck, even on the “calmer” days our folks were getting bounced and wet.

It did calm down just a tad by the end of the week, but not much and about the only thing we could raise in the rough water was bonito.

The coming week, it looks a little better.  Fingers crossed.

That’s our story!  Happy Easter everyone.  Have a safe and blessed holidays.

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
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Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of March 24-31, 2019

IS WINTER FINALLY FINISHED WITH US?

La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of March 24-31, 2019

The Mexican Minute Video Report

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Fishing brother Rod Brown from Alaska and Jeff Brown from Minnesota get together once a year in La Paz to fish with us and scored limits of yellowtail and other species fishing north of La Paz near Espirito Santo Island.

Gary Wagner, owner of Rancho Costa, rocked this big thick yellowtail on the north end of Cerralvo island on the east side with a live mackerel.

That’s a trophy! Big tasty cabrilla headed no doubt for the dinner table caught by Miles Wagner from Colorado Springs CO.

Our own Captain Joel has a big smile posing with Jeff Brown and some of the limits of yellowtail they caught and lost many others in the rocks.

Yes! Roosterfish are starting to show up! Right there in Muertos Bay, Miles was working live sardines on light tackle and had a blast catching and releasing these smaller early-season roosters. The big boys should be close behind!

Nothing better than light tackle fishing and big fish. Check out this pretty cabrilla that Russ Whitmarsh nailed on a bass rod just close to the rocks where these guys hang out. Nice catch!

What a difference a week or two makes!

 

We’ve gone from some of the harshest and toughest winter fishing in a long time several weeks ago to some of the nicest conditions and fishing so far this season.  Still not completely up-to-speed and I’d be crazy to say we’re completely done with winter and the pesky winds, but this past week was sure a nice time to be on the water.

 

With the first true week of springtime and temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s. the winds weren’t completely done with us and there were some episodes for several days, but overall, Mother Nature was good to our fishermen for once.

 

With some perfect candy-sized mackerel for baits for both our Tailhunter La Paz and Las Arenas fleet, the big story were the yellowtail.  They popped up in several places including the upper east-side of Cerralvo Island; south point of Cerralvo and Punta Perrico.  We also had quite a bite going around the high spots around Espirito Santo Island.

 

Most of the fish weren’t huge, but that’s because so many of the fish were hovering and feeding in shallow waters close to the rocks, shore or over structure.  Lots of the bigger 30-40 pound mossbacks threw hooks or broke lines in the rocks plus quite a few missed bites!  But the ones that were landed were respectable powerful 20-25 pound fish.

I”ll let our amigo Rod Brown tell it:

“We had one of our best La Paz fishing days ever today. The yellowtail started biting as soon as we started fishing in the morning and were still biting when we quit a little before 1:00 – ran out of mackerel. We landed 10 medium to large yellowtail, missed a lot of good strikes, and lost some in the rocks. They are STRONG fish and bent 0ur heavy poles in a 90 degree arc and made several powerful runs each. Good thing we ran out of bait. We were buggered and Joel had to get home to watch his daughters play football. Some largish swells, but a beautiful day.”

Rod Brown from Alaska with smiling Captain Joel

 

Not to be completely outdone, we also had some incredible cabrilla fishing tight inside to the cliffs and rocks with some trophy-sized fish being landed on bait, jigs and slow-trolled Rapalas and YoZuris as well as pargo and assorted rockfish.

Our amigo, Rod Brown again:

“Another great fishing day. The yellowtail weren’t biting at first, but we landed 7 large barred pargo and 4 large cabrilla. They immediately  dive for the rocks and are strong, so we lost a lot of them – and a lot of fishing tackle. Around 11 the yellowtail started biting and we landed 3 nice ones. By noon we had used all our mackerel (62 of them) and spent an hour fishing with spinning gear and sardines for smaller  yellow pargo along the shore. Caught several of them.”

 

We also saw action on lots of bonito on light tackle, jack crevalle and even some early season roosterfish!  All-in-all some solid biters and some of the best variety of the young season!

HAPPY TRAILS 2019

Well, we finally came to the end of another awesome road trip.  Our 25th year going from one show to the other.  This year 12 states and 11 incredible shows meeting and talking to so many awesome folks and old friends!

Thanks to everyone who came by to chat and all the hospitality and also all of you who booked with us to fish in La Paz with us in 2019.  We’re are ready to fish!  Bring it on.  We still have some spots open so get in touch with us, but judging from our bookings this year, we’re gonna have a bang-up year!

Let’s get fishing!

 

That’s our story!

 

Jonathan & Jilly


Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International


Website: 

www.tailhunter-international.com

Mexico Office: Tailhunter International, 755 Paseo Obregon, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico

U.S. Mailing Address:  Tailhunter International, 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #178, La Mesa CA  91942

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863
.

Tailhunter Weekly Fishing Report:  https://fishreport.jonathanroldan.com/

Tailhunter YouTube Video Channel:

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